Leopold Bros. Three Chamber Rye (2023)


Classification: Straight Rye

Company: Leopold Bros.

Distillery: Leopold Bros.

Release Date: November 2023

Proof: 100

Age: 6 Years

Mashbill: 80% Abruzzi Rye, 20% Floor Barley

Color: Caramel

MSRP: $51 / 200mL (2024)

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Fermented apple juice | Fresh grain | Creamy malt | Herbal | Floral | Rye spice | Light summer fruits


Orange chocolate | Leather | Agave | Herbal | Earthy


Lipton tea | Rye spice | Cocoa powder | Earthy | Light juicy fruit | Mild oak | Touch of anise | Lingering malt aftertaste


Leopold Bros. Three Chamber 6 Year Rye, with its additional aging time, is careful not to undo what made past editions great, all while enhancing what was already present.

One of the first things you’ll notice after taking a sniff or sip of Leopold Bros. Three Chamber 6 Year Rye is its grain-forwardness. Where that is often seen as a detriment, especially in young craft whiskeys, it is by design here. Master Distiller Todd Leopold has been distilling for over 20 years and has come to the realization that he wants the grains to do the talking in his whiskey and not the barrel. That belief will likely butt heads with the modern way of thinking that if you can taste more grain than oak, you’re doing it wrong.

Leopold created Three Chambers Rye by re-engineering a Three Chamber Still from old manuscripts he found. The family-owned distillery also grows the heritage grain Abruzzi rye that was favored by pre-Prohibition distilleries. The result brought back to life a style of whiskey in 2021 that hadn’t been seen in decades.

This year’s edition only comes in 200mL bottles, which the team says is a nod back to Pre-Prohibition times when that bottle size was all the rage. Of course, the drop in size also makes the whiskey much more accessible now that the buy-in is $51 versus $250 for a 750mL bottle that the 2022 edition cost. This year’s edition is also the oldest Leopold has released their rye to date. The 6 year edition's flavors are similar to previous releases, but some of the brightness and light ethanol of the 4 year old editions have been replaced by an overall deepening of flavors. This results in a broad richness across the whiskey’s flavor profile, with leather, orange chocolate, Lipton tea, rye spice, and earthiness standing out the most. The whiskey remains as balanced as ever, and based on where this rye is currently, I wonder if it would even benefit from any additional aging time. Leopold Bros. Three Chamber Rye is a standout among ryes and continues to be uniquely their own.

Review bottle comes from Batch 47.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric Hasman

February 20, 2024
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